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Potatoes and Onions

Argentina: Producers won't sell all last season's garlic

Producers estimate that, even though there are still possibilities of locating the garlic remaining from the last season until August, they won't be able to sell all of it.This, because of the oversupply in the international market, which also generated a fall in prices. According to producers, the area.....

USDA Fresh Vegetable

US red potatoes purchase program announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced plans to purchase Red Potatoes for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs. Purchases will be made under the authority of Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935, with the purpose to encourage continued domestic consumption of these.....

Due to demand from other states & delay in sowing

India: Onion prices up in Maharashtra

Modal onion prices at Lasalgaon, the country’s largest wholesale market for the bulb, on Monday touched Rs 1,050 per 100kg with arrivals of nearly 1,200 tons. Onion prices in key mandis of Maharashtra have risen on increased demand from other states and a delay in the sowing for the new kharif season because.....

BLE Marktbericht KW24/18

Early potatoes: Annabelle and Berber ever more present

Domestic early potatoes, notably Annabelle and Berber, significantly expanded their presence. Italian competitors suffered as a result: their sales slowed down. The marketers then lowered their prices, which in turn accelerated sales a little bit.Cyprus supplemented the market with their Spunta and Annabelle.....

North American growers see saturated shallot market

The North American shallot market is described as “flooded” right now. “There’s more than enough supply,” says Bas Melissant of MEN’s Farming Inc. in Norwich, Ontario. MEN’s grows largely for the U.S. market but also supplies shallots to Ontario buyers. On top of the Ontario crop, Melissant notes that there’s.....

Indonesia loses trillions due to dirty onion importers

Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman has boycotted five onion import companies, for frauds that have cost the nation trillions of rupiahs. "It is with regret but we have to blacklist the five companies, because they harm our farmers, burden the consumers and cause inflation, eventually resulting in.....

Market price goes down

China: Potatoes enter market in bulk

The price of potatoes in the Wanbang Market showed a downward trend last week. The average price of potatoes is 1.5 yuan [0.23 USD] per kg, which is a decrease of 14.29% in comparison with the previous week. The main reasons for this development are as follows: first, the supply volume is large. The supply.....

Economist Thomas Herkenrath:

'German new potatoes to encounter balanced trade without price pressure'

Due to the optimal weather conditions in Germany and the limited import volumes from Spain, the season of the German early potatoes is just around the corner. As expected, until the end of the 26th week the last flows of goods from Spain are hitting the market. Thereafter, the mature and high-quality new.....

Is America ready for a new potato?

From the Russet to the red and yellow, to specialty potato varieties, the US is a large producer and consumer of potatoes. In recent years, more people are seeking out new varieties and there is an increasing focus on flavor. One US-based company has been tasked with distributing one of the newest varieties of.....

Shocking price jump of Turkish onions

Onions are the staple of most Turkish dishes and for the poor, onions with a loaf of bread can constitute a meal. Thus news that the price of onions has skyrocketed to seven liras ($1.5) per kilo is great ammunition for Erdogan’s opposition ahead of Sunday’s parliamentary and presidential elections.The.....

European Potato market week 23

Belgium: Fontane and Challenger unavailable

BelgiumFiwap/PCA market message:Industrial varieties:General price, 35 mm+, min 60% 50 mm+, min 360 gr/5kg EPS, bulk, friable, selling price, excluding VAT, direct delivery:Fontane & Challenger: unavailable, due to lack of sufficient transactions.Bintje : 1,00 €/a, mainly for export and fresh.....

HZPC Holland

Hybrid potatoes from botanical seeds: Opportunity or threat?

Potatoes developments are in the news. There is talk of hybrid potatoes, which you can simply sow and HZPC Holland is at the forefront of this innovative research. Extensive breeding has meant that the potato has risen to great heights as a crop. A great number of varieties are being produced, with high.....

Jan Westhoeve: "Everyone is complaining, but we had a super year"

Over 40 years Westhoeve has grown into a global potato exporter

This week is Westhoeve Potatoes, based in the Dutch town of Ouddorp's, 40th anniversary. In the last 20 years, in particular, this onion and potato exporter has made tremendous strides on the export front. For the owner, Jan Westhoeve, there is only one way to go, and that is up. "Many people are complaining.....

Russian Potato Union: Not enough demand for stored products

Russian potato producers are suffering losses due to the lack of demand for Russian products after long-term storage. Agrarians note that in recent years they have invested heavily in the construction and equipment of modern potato storage facilities that allow long-term storage of products, but now they face.....

New potatoes from Puglia

The new potato situation is rather satisfying this year. "The frost in late February did not affect Sicily, meaning the season over there started two months early (late March). This way, there were no overlaps with Puglia, which was affected by frost in late March which delayed ripening," explains Cosimo.....

Italy: Red garlic from Sulmona now being harvested

The harvesting of red garlic from Sulmona has started at the D'Alessandro company. Last year, operations started on 20th June. The company is one of the leaders in the area, covering around 40 hectares.Harvesting of red garlic from Sulmona"We're very satisfied with how the produce is looking. Grades are very.....

Potato chip manufacturer invests £2.7 million in its Norwich factory

Kettle Foods, the maker of Kettle Chips has made a £2.7 million investment in its manufacturing capabilities at its Norwich factory. This investment will see a new potato intake building being installed, built on spare land adjacent to the factory, with room for eight articulated lorries.The expansion, which.....

Treasure Valley onion growers see the future in new grading technology

Onion growers in the Treasure Valley, which incorporates southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon, are looking to technology to help them overcome current challenges in the industry. Labor and transportation costs, among other things, are contributing to a tightening of profit margins.Recently it was announced.....

Government moves to address seed potato shortage

Rwanda: Farmers of Irish potatoes relieved

Irish potato farmers from Rwanda’s Northern Province can relax a little as the government is stepping in to establish modern seed potato warehouses and greenhouses to address the existing gap in the supply of seed potatoes. The Ministry of Agriculture and partners have pledged to establish modern warehouses.....

Gerard Bovée, Plantera:

“There’s a potato for each type of market”

The consumption of potatoes is under pressure. “Fewer and fewer potato eaters are born,” says Gerard Bovée of Plantera. “The days when wives bought 10 kilos of potatoes every week are definitely over.” Potatoes nowadays ‘compete’ with a number of alternative products such as pastas, legumes and various types.....

Warm winter influenced this year's garlic harvest

China: Garlic harvest season is over

Global market estimates"Competition in the garlic market is currently fierce. The global garlic harvest season has ended and the supply volume is large. The volume of stored garlic is large and the volume of fresh garlic is large, so the market price of garlic is estimated to remain in a low position. The.....

First ever red sweet onions out of Walla Walla

The first harvest of red sweet onions ever to come out of Walla Walla is expected to commence in about a month's time. It's been five years in the making, but finally commercial volumes are in the fields and so far conditions have been favorable."This is the first year that Walla Walla will be producing red.....

The price is higher than same period of last year

China: Open-field potatoes gradually entering the market

In June, the open-field potatoes graduallyentered the market. But the price was higher than the same period of last year. However, industry insiders maintain that, as all the potatoes of various cultivation areas will enter the market at the same time it's likely that prices might drop. Some of the new.....

Idaho potato market to climb higher before new crop begins

Idaho potato growers are optimistic about the season ahead, given the ideal growing conditions the state has experienced. Harvest is still a month away, with the western part of the state beginning first, before gradually transitioning eastwards. This is mainly because the eastern part experiences later frost.....

Shandong: Garlic enters depressed market

Garlic from Lanling County in Shandong entered the market in early June. Garlic is an important product for the economy of Lanling, but market prospects do not look good this year. Surveys show that the average purchase price of Lanling garlic was 0.75 yuan [0.12 USD] per 0.5 kg on June 11th, 2018. This is a.....

Even though the price is low, garlic traders do not want to leave the industry

China: Too many garlic traders

"The garlic harvest season of 2018 is over. We began the harvest in late May, which is two weeks earlier than last year. Our production volume is also larger than last year. The main reason for this development is an expansion of the surface area devoted to garlic plantation. The overall quality of our garlic.....

US-China trade war targets iconic Idaho potatoes

The Idaho potato is quite iconic. For many Americans, it’s Idaho’s only notable characteristic. Whether or not one relishes Idaho’s reputation as the land of potatoes, the vegetable remains an important pillar of the state economy; a resilient export backed by proven quality and true marketing power.That.....

University of Hawaiʻi

Sweet potato production can be improved with selected fertilizers

Agricultural researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo analyzed soil and tissue samples from sweet potato fields along the Hāmākua Coast to see if current fertilizer practices can be improved at the sites. Horticulturalists Chantal Vos and Norman Arancon, from the College of Agriculture,.....

BLE Marktbericht KW23/18

Clearing of domestic new potatoes intensifies

The clearing of domestic, new potatoes is intensifying. Their availability in the markets was noticeably growing. Some people even spoke of a supply glut. The increased quantities inevitably called for price drops. As a result, the offers became increasingly interesting for a broad range of consumers. As a.....

Colombia: "The country allowed too many imports of Chinese garlic"

Garlic is a fundamental food product for Colombians. As a result of high demand, the market for this product has grown, improving its production and increasing imports.Today, the country has nearly 364 hectares of garlic crops, almost the same amount as a decade ago. The area hasn't grown much as a result of.....

"Garlic price may yet hit lower levels"

China: "Garlic market dangerously chaotic"

"The garlic market has been depressed for quite some time now. Even though the price is already low, surveys show that the garlic price may drop even lower. The garlic market may become dangerously chaotic in the near future. The export market has been relatively stable for 1-2 months, in stark contrast with.....

Corn, pluots and red onions:

Michael Marks, the Produce Man

The Produce Man has several things to say on corn, pluots and red onions.

More potato options for the 4th of July holiday

Grilling is synonymous with holidays, but according to a recent study – the 4th of July leads with 63 percent of Americans selecting it as their choice for bringing out the grill. Memorial Day, Labor Day, Father’s Day, and Mother’s Day round out the top five. BBQ Bible Author Steven Raichlen predicted back in.....

Sweet potato producer Penick acquired by Alexander Farms

Two powerhouse sweet potato growers have combined: Alexander Farms finalised the purchase of several Penick Produce businesses last week. Investment banking company Legacy Capital said the transaction was signed May 22, with Penick Produce Co., Penick Business, Penick L.P., and significant land assets sold to.....

Referee Dr. Markus Merk launches Palatine Grumbeere

For the official Kick-off of the early potato harvest in the Palatinate, yesterday a referee’s whistle blew loud and clear! Befitting his appointment as new ‘ambassador for Palatine Grumbeere 2018/19’, Dr. Markus Merk (triple FIFA World Referee and seven times DFB Referee of the Year) officially kicked off.....

Production down by 40% in Seville

Spain: New potato prices remain high in the domestic market

The Spanish potato campaign started in late May with the harvest of the first new potatoes from Seville. Frequent rains in the winter and spring not only caused a delay of about a month in the harvest of the first new potatoes, but also resulted in a 40% drop in the volume."The acreage devoted to.....

Waterman Onions celebrates anniversary with open day

On Saturday 16 June 2018, Waterman Onions will have a festive open day to mark their 20th anniversary. During this day we’ll be present at the business park with more than 30 other stallholders, and we would like to invite you to visit us during this festive open day. Waterman will give the opportunity to take.....

200 tonnes of new Norwegian potatoes on the market

Last week, growers of the Norwegian Gartnerhallen Cooperative harvested 200 tonnes of new potatoes. Ninety percent of these were sent to their client on the day of harvest. "We do everything in our power to shorten the distance from field to table", saysKnut Salve Lunden. He is responsible for the new potatoes.....

China: Price of Jinxiang garlic remains steady but weak

Fresh garlic from Jinxiang has recently entered the market and the trade volume is not that big. The garlic is mainly sold in domestic markets. The amount of roasted garlic is smaller than last year, and export traders mainly purchase stored garlic. Data from the Jinxiang Garlic International Trade Market.....

Travel report - Onion-workshop in Panama

Much time and energy has been put in to opening new markets for the Dutch onion by GroentenFruit Huis, their supply chain partners and the Dutch government in recent years. Panama is one of those markets buying an increasing volume of onions. Last season, about 15,000 tonnes of onions were exported in the.....

Chinese garlic exports: hidden danger in growth

Chinese garlic has enjoyed bumper harvests in the last two years, and this has only become more obvious this year. International demand for Chinese garlic grows, and so the export volume of Chinese garlic steadily grows as well. The export volume this production season reached 340 thousand tons, which is an.....

Table potato market East Germany - MIO Kw 23/18

Saxony: Demand weak due to high temperatures

In German retail chains in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, old German table potatoes are still being offered from crate refrigerated warehouses. Presumably until the end of June, domestic cold goods will still be packaged. Floury cooking varieties are already partially replaced by new potatoes from Israel. Soon they.....

Missouri red potato harvest to begin mid June

Black Gold Farms will be harvesting fresh red potatoes in the bootheel of Missouri starting the middle of June. With ideal planting and growing conditions and plenty of moisture, this year’s crop looks to be one of the best yet.“We’ve been growing red potatoes nestled in the bootheel of Missouri in the.....

Drought could cost Danish growers millions of euros

Danish news siteATL reports Danish growers are much affected by the ceaseless drought. If the drought lasts as long as in 1992, total losses could rise to millions of euros. Precipitation in Denmark is still a no-show, and many experts are already making comparisons with the extreme drought in 1992, when.....

Alleviating vitamin A deficiency

Tanzania: Sweet potato bread introduced

Consumers can soon enjoy a new type of bread, following the introduction of new orange fleshed sweet potato bread. Afco Investment Company Limited executive director, Miss Fortunata Mmari, stated that her company is holding talks with the International Potato Centre to help provide technical support. The move.....

Spain: Potato production falls by 30% in Andalusia

The cultivation of potatoes is seriously threatened in Spain (especially Andalusia), mainly due to the import of French potatoes for storage. To this we must add that, according to the latest reports, Andalusia's production is down by 30% compared to this same time last year as a result of unfavourable weather.....

Fresh potatoes to be exported by US

United States and Indonesia sign market access agreement

On June 5, 2018, the United States and Indonesia signed a market access agreement that will allow US fresh potatoes to be exported to Indonesia under a defined set of phytosanitary requirements. The agreement comes after four years of talks and will include both US potatoes for processing and table potatoes.....

Newfoundland firms test new potato varieties

E.W. Gaze Seeds Co. and Phytocultures Ltd. are working together to bring new types of potatoes to Newfoundland and Labrador, from South America. E.W. Gaze Seeds Co., founded in Newfoundland in 1925, specializes in selling “high-quality vegetable and flower seeds”.Phytocultures Ltd. reached out to E.W. Gaze to.....

Lower Austria:

Ample supply of new potatoes

Last weekend, the new potato season in Austria really started. Although there are still some batches of potatoes from the old harvest available for marketing, these last lots are likely to be marketed by next week; after that, they will no longer play a substantial role. Since the beginning of the week, new.....

Smuggled from China

Philippines: Customs seizes ₱4.5 million worth of onions

Last Monday, the Bureau of Customs seized smuggled onions inside three 40-foot containers from China that had made it to the Port of Manila. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said the onions were officially declared as mugs, saucers and decorations. The truth came out as the shipment passed through the x-ray.....

Italy: Falling prices for new potatoes from Salento

"The new potato season in Salento went well until May 23rd, then prices started to drop. Quality was good, with medium grades and average yields per hectare," explains Francesco Romano, manager of Ro.Gr.An. This year, for the German market in particular, the company packaged its potatoes in jute sacks treated.....

BLE Market Report KW22 / 18

Sales of German ready-to-eat potatoes expanded

Domestic in-stock goods are still plentiful. Quality was usually good. This was attractive for price-conscious buyers, but on the whole it was becoming harder and harder to accommodate the old domestic products. The previous prices levels were nevertheless maintained almost everywhere. Early potatoes from.....

Frying event to demonstrate superior quality of Spanish new potatoes

The producer associations Asaja-Sevilla and Asociafruit, in partnership with the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development and the Provincial Government of Seville, will organise a frying event to compare Spanish new potatoes and French import potatoes on 12 June at 11.00 am at the Plaza del.....

China: Onion cultivation area in Gansu reaches 240 thousand mu

This year, the cultivation area of onions in Gansu Provinceis expected to be 240,000 mu. Compared to last year, the cultivation area reduced about 30.000 mu, dropping by about 11%. It is expected that the total production volume will be around 1.44 million tons. As calculated, in the first half of the year,.....

Fruit and vegetable imports banned from India because of Nipah

Kuwait: Union working to avoid another onion crisis

The Head of Kuwait’s Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies, Khalid Al-Hudaiban, has affirmed that the union is working hard to prevent the recurrence of the onion crisis. This came after the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition banned the import of fruits and vegetables from India due to the Nipah virus......

Antoine-Augustin Parmentier

History’s greatest potato promoter - using science and stunts

Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, born in 1737, became a pharmacist in the French army and spent three years as a Prussian prisoner of war. The prison diet consisted largely of potatoes, which the Prussians cultivated but the French viewed with disdain. Once freed, Parmentier made the potato his obsession.The spud.....

Jan van der Lans, van der Lans International:

"Chilean season ending, New Zealand onions selling well"

Onions from New Zealand and Tasmania are currently selling very well. "Supermarket programmes in Europe have started. There is a higher demand for specific sizes such as 60/70 and 70/80. These are, however, not available in large volumes", says Jan van der Lans of the Dutch company, Van der Lans International......

South Africa’s largest vegetable growers at Levy Payers' Day

Onions Australia is looking forward to hosting one of South Africa’s largest vegetable growers at its upcoming Levy Payers’ Day in Brisbane.Louis de Kock will speak at the Onions Australia Levy Payers’ Day on Monday, June 18. The event will be held at Rydges Southbank, starting at 9am.Louis is one of the.....